"La muralla verde" was born on a micro tour, when the band was invited by Piero to open their shows on a national tour. The song opened wide the doors of the Latin American market Credit: courtesy Celeste Urreaga

The Green Dwarfs they had debuted discographically in 1984, from the hand of an album that bears his name by title. An album that meant a more than worthy cover letter. Although that first album had a medium repercussion in the specialized critics and in the public, among its material it was outstanding "Still I continue singing", a very good song recorded in duet with David Lebón that hinted at a promising compositional future for the band from Mendoza.

Two years later, the group's history would take an unusual leap in quality and popularity thanks to the launch of Time trial, his second studio album, which featured the artistic production of Andrés Calamaro. Songs like "Every time I say goodbye", "Your old letters", "Simulation of tension" and "Just give me a chance" soon began to sound assiduously on the radios, which generated a growing expectation around the group. However, the coup de grace came through "La muralla verde", his first great success with which Los Enanitos Verdes toured all of Argentina and much of Latin America.

"The issue came up on board a mike during a tour of the country in 1985. At that time Piero had hired us as his support band and with him we toured all of Argentina and several Latin American countries for just over a year" , relates Marciano Cantero, lead and bassist voice of Los Enanitos Verdes. "In the back of the mike there were some mattresses where we would lie down to rest. There I was one day with the guitar composing and 'La muralla verde' came out. At first it had a ska style, a little faster than the final version, and I recorded it with a portable recorder. I don't remember if I recorded the entire song but, at least, there was the chorus and the whole first verse, the one that says: 'I'm standing on the wall that divides / everything that was from what will be And, somehow, that gave the song an almost metaphysical condition, as much as illusion, past and future, and as if life were a movie. That was what I loved the most about the idea of ​​the topic, which talks about hope, that sometimes, crossing a certain border, your life will change and it may become incredibly better or not. Seven months after I finished the tour with Piero, I started to review those recordings and when 'La muralla verde' appeared, I took it up again, we recorded it with the band in a more Latin style and later it became a massive success. "

Thanks to a solid and forceful pop sound and a style that went from very danceable passages to more relaxed and contemplative ones, Time trial consolidated Los Enanitos Verdes as a popular band, with a Andrés Calamaro who, from his producer role, had a significant and determining role not only in the final result of the album but particularly in the song in question.


The Green Dwarfs in 1999: Felipe Staiti and Marciano Cantero Source: Archive – Credit: Mariana Eliano / Rolling Stone

"We met with Andrés in Sadaic, at the time when he had recorded his first solo album. He introduced himself very kindly, we chatted and, when later, the CBS company proposed Calamaro as producer of our second album , we thought it was great, "recalls Cantero. "I think Andrés was an integral part of Time trial and, in fact, there was a suggestion from him in relation to 'The green wall' that I still have very much in mind: he told me that instead of stretching the word 'love', he would sing 'love, or, or yesterday' (Serie). That question of swing, although it seems small, he always dominated it with great grace. Beyond this anecdote and his work as a producer, Andrés was undoubtedly one of the band on that album. "

-At that time, when you finished recording "La muralla verde", did you think it could be a hit or everything that happened later with the song here in Argentina and Latin America, did you overcome them?

-I think that if someone had the possibility of intuiting that a song is going to be a success, that person would be a millionaire. It seems to me that the fate of a song is always a mystery. In fact, it happened to me many times to believe that a certain song would be a hit and in the end it was not, and suddenly, songs to which I did not have too much faith had an incredible punch. In the particular case of 'La muralla verde' we all knew that the subject was very good but nobody imagined how far it would go. Being in Mexico many years later, it happened to me that many people told me that when they were dancing as boys, the song played up to six times a night in the place because it was a total success. However, it seems to me that once a song is recorded you no longer have control over what happens between it and the audience.

-What is the feeling that it brings to you today to play this song live and what happens to the public thirty-four years after its launch?

-When we now play this song live, between us and the public something like a special meeting place for souls occurs. I don't know how to explain it. It is like a phenomenon that takes you to a moment in your life where perhaps you thought you were going to be happy every time you listened to it and that still happens. A very special communion is generated, with the entire audience singing alongside us, which always refers me to the most primitive times of humanity, where everyone sang and danced under the moonlight. And I love that.

With the memory of the event of "The Green Wall" in full bloom, the current line-up of Los Enanitos Verdes (Felipe Staiti on guitar, Jota Morelli on drums and the aforementioned Marciano Cantero on vocals and bass) can't wait for the pandemic by coronavirus come to an end or at least calm down so you can return to the stage and meet your fans.

"I do not know when or how this issue of the pandemic will be resolved to finally know how to continue. If it were not for this, we would be in full celebration tour for our forty years of experience. In the meantime you can only wait, but I confess I'm dying to play. So when the conditions are right, we will go on tour again and, particularly, I would love to do it for Argentina ", concludes Marciano.

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